23 October 2012

Winston Churchill's Words of Wisdom

Winston Churchill, one of the most articulate and eloquent masters of the English language, was once asked his position with regard to whisky. This was his response:
If you mean whisky, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, crushes misery and poverty, yes, literally takes the bread from the mouth of the little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness and hopelessness, then my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.”
However, if by whisky, you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean good cheer, that stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink which enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean the drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries trough tax untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care of our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.”
"This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.”

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